Priestgill

Status

A Scoping request was submitted to South Lanarkshire Council in October 2014.

A planning application was submitted to South Lanarkshire Council in December 2016.

Downloads

Site Location Plan (3.2MB)

Public Exhibition Information Boards July 2016 (8.5MB)

Output

7 turbines = 3.2 MW each.

Total Installed Capacity = Up to 22.4MW

Specifications

Height to blade tip = Up to 145m

The Development

In 2015, Murhall Energy acquired a portfolio of wind farm developments from AES Wind Generation – one of which was the Priestgill Wind Farm development.

The proposed wind farm is on land at Littlegill Farm, 2.2km north-east of Abington. The initial design work proposes a development with an installed generating capacity of 22.4 megawatts, which would be enough to power over 13,902 homes. The proposed site includes 7 turbines with maximum blade tip heights of up to 145m.

Priestgill Wind Farm’s proposed site lies within the Duneaton Community Council area of South Lanarkshire Council. The community consultation area will largely focus on the neighbouring Community Council areas of Crawford and Duneaton.

In 2014, a series of public information days were held by AES Wind Generation to gather feedback from the community on the proposed development. Muirhall Energy held further exhibitions in Roberton and Crawford Village Halls in July 2016 as part of our own consultation process, in order to ensure the community are involved throughout all stages of development, and encourage discussion on the development between local people and the Muirhall Energy team.

An Environmental Impact Assessment will be undertaken in the second half of 2016, and will follow the advice provided as part of the scoping process.

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Shared Ownership

The development at Priestgill Wind Farm would bring a unique opportunity for the local community to own up to 10% of the proposals. This is a new model that we are working closely on with Local Energy Scotland who are a Scottish Government body set up to help deliver community ownership of renewables projects. Discussions to date have been very positive and we are keen to hear from anyone else who is interested. If you would like to find out more, please contact us directly.

Community Benefit

With your support, our proposed development will create real opportunities for local businesses, groups and projects in the communities close to the wind farm. Should we receive planning consent, in addition to the intended shared ownership of the wind farm, an annual fund of £112,000 (based on 7 x 3.2MW turbines, at £5,000 per megawatt) will be put in place for the long term benefit of neighbouring communities. This amounts to over £2.8 million over the 25 year lifetime of the wind farm.

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